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The Birmingham News
January 28, 2008

"Alabaster developer plans 1,000 homes, school, park"
by MALCOMB DANIELS, News staff writer

Developers are moving ahead with what would be Alabaster's largest subdivision in recent years, despite conditions in the housing market.

Trophy Development LLC is seeking approval of preliminary plans for the first phase of a mixed-used subdivision on 566 acres off Shelby County 12 and 17 that may have as many as 1,000 homes, a school and a park.

Approval would allow developers to begin putting in roads, as well water and sewer lines.

The subdivision will be called Buck Haven. Construction on houses could start by the end of the year.

"There are pockets and areas in the Alabaster market where there is a demand for certain priced and certain kinds of homes, and that's what we're going to be targeting," Trophy Development's Jason Spinks said in response to why it would be building houses with all the stories of gloom about the market.

Houses would start at a price of about $130,000, he said.

Under Trophy's schedule, the first houses wouldn't be on the ground until spring 2009, Spinks said, and by that time many people believe, or at least hope, the overall housing market will have recovered some or be "on the way back up."

The Alabaster City Council recently rezoned the final 479 acres of the planned subdivision.

Trophy's request for approval of preliminary plans for the first phase could go before the Planning and Zoning Board for a vote next month.

Up for consideration will be 251 residential lots and four commercial lots.

Buck Haven will have houses ranging from small starter homes to estate lots three to four acres in size, Spinks said.

A golf course, once discussed as a possibility, has been scrapped. The school and park have replaced the golf course as amenities, Spinks said.

In considering the subdivision, city leaders insisted there be amenities, saying they didn't want a project that would just add more houses.

While Trophy has its rezoning, City Councilman Tommy Ryals said the city and developers still have to negotiate exactly how the subdivision will look.

Ryals said he has a lot of questions, including whether Trophy plans to build amenities at the start or near the end of the project.


 

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